- By Travis Daub
Coors, Miller, and now Anheuser-Busch are all owned by foreign conglomerates. So where can a patriotic guy find an all-American brew these days?
Believe it or not, Pabst Brewing Company is now the largest American-owned brewer. But Pabst doesn’t even brew its own beer anymore. All 29 Pabst beers, from Schlitz, to Lone Star to Colt 45 to the legendary Pabst Blue Ribbon are outsourced to SAB Miller, based in South Africa.
Next on the list comes Boston Beer Company, which counterintuitively bottles its famous Sam Adams lager in Pennsylvania.
Third is D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., known far and wide as America’s oldest brewery, operating in Pottsville, PA since 1829.
Here’s the full list of America’s top American-owned breweries according to the Brewer’s Association:
- Pabst Brewing Co.
- Boston Beer Co.
- D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc.
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- New Belgium Brewing Co. Inc.
- High Falls Brewing Co.
- Spoetzl Brewery
- Widmer Brothers Brewing Group
- Redhook Ale Brewery
- Pyramid Breweries Inc.
You can almost taste the freedom.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |